Thu, 25/06/2009 - 16:12
For most people, the words "BBC literary adaptation" conjure up images of Colin Firth emerging from a lake in "Pride and Prejudice" or Dame Judi Dench bonneted in "Cranford". Beautifully detailed period dramas, with subtle, emotional plots spooled out over many episodes.
They also tend to...
Fri, 15/08/2008 - 09:10
Adapting books for television has always been big business—but while it used to be publishers chasing TV producers, suddenly the boot is on the other foot. For production companies, the rise of digital TV has turned the bestseller lists into a short-cut to both ratings and reputation, a way of achieving "cut through"—...
Thu, 24/04/2008 - 12:23
Richard and Judy have a lot to answer for. The book industry has become semi-dependent on the power of their Channel 4 sofa chat—and now TV's golden couple are leaving for the relative obscurity of digital TV.
The lure for them is straightforward: each will receive a reported £1m initial fee, and they will be able to cram...
Fri, 16/11/2007 - 08:03
Concerns over low pay in publishing have led to the creation of a Facebook group entitled "I work in publishing and I'm underpaid". The group has attracted 654 members, and comes amid a fierce debate about publishing pay prompted by a Society of Bookmen event, where senior industry figures spoke of their fears that publishing was...
Mon, 12/11/2007 - 15:34
Concern over low pay in publishing is prompting junior publishing staff to consider leaving their jobs, according to responses to a Bookseller Blog, Making Publishing Pay.
The blog post followed a meeting of the Society of Bookmen, where senior...
Fri, 09/11/2007 - 15:53
It is a cliché that authors should "draw from life experience", but Bernadette Strachan's romantic escapades come ready-made for chick lit.
Nine years ago the London author was engaged to a handsome voice-over actor, whom she was also representing as a showbiz agent. A month before their wedding day he ditched...
Thu, 08/11/2007 - 15:22
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the lower rungs of publishing are populated by young, middle-class, Oxbridge girls in want of a decent salary. Entry level positions at the big name publishers pay around £18,000, whilst those in the smaller houses offer in the early teens.
But even these positions are only available if...
Thu, 08/11/2007 - 14:41
Bloomsbury is expected to cut around 10% of its staff, in line with efforts by the publicly listed company to position itself for "continued organic growth" after Harry Potter. Insiders say that eight to 12 jobs are under threat, primarily across the marketing department and children's editorial. Most of the cuts are expected to...
Thu, 08/11/2007 - 12:29
The intellectual property group Chorion has added Beatrix Potter and Paddington Bear to its portfolio, through the acquisition of licensing agency The Copyrights Group for an undisclosed sum.
Copyrights is a independent licensing business which represents brands owned by other companies. In addition to Beatrix Potter and Paddington Bear...
Mon, 05/11/2007 - 15:16
Picador has unveiled plans to launch its new fiction in dual hardback and paperback editions, in a bid to combat the ailing market for hardback literary fiction. The move raises serious questions about the future of the hardback literary novel, which Picador publisher Andrew Kidd described as a "moribund format".